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Interested in joining the Long Gray Line? Our mission is to assist and facilitate young people who desire to enter the U.S. Military Academy and serve their nation where “Duty, Honor, Country” is the standard.     

Our Admissions team is led by George Salerno (USMA’88) and consists of West Point graduates and parents organized by Congressional Districts to better assist candidates. Each district has a Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) and several Field Force members that assist them.

Congressional District Contacts

District 

Congressman 

District Coordinator 

USMA 

Class 

Email 

TX 01 

Con Louie Ghomert 

Joe Boylan 

1975 

jtboylan@aol.com  

TX 03 

Con Sam Johnson 

Carol MacGibbon 

1980 

carolmacgibbon@verizon.net  

 

TX 04 

Con  John Ratcliffe

Lyle Cadell 

1988 

l.j.caddell@gmail.com  

TX 05 

Con Jeb Henserling 

Jerry Dittman 

1977 

jdittman@cityofmesquite.com  

TX 06 

Con Joe 

 Barton 

Mark Dudek 

2006

tx06wpffmmd@gmail.com 

TX 12 

Con Kay Granger 

George Salerno 

1988 

gjsalerno@aol.com  

TX 17 

Con Bill  

Flores 

Charlie Hart 

1978 

charlie.hart@gotowestpoint.com   

TX 24 

Con Ken Marchant 

Chuck Ahner 

1988 

chuckahner@aol.com   

TX 26 

Con Michael Burgess 

Harry Johnson (Haltom) 

Dave Beaird (Frisco) 

1994 

 

   1995 

harry.johnson@sbcglobal.net  

 

dave.beaird@gmail.com  

TX 30 

Con Eddie Bernice Johnson 

Beverly Johnson 

1986 

bjohnson@murphysylvest.com   

TX 32 

Con Pete Sessions 

David Eisenlohr 

Parent 

david@eisenlohr.us  

 

TX 33 

Con Marc Veasey 

George Salerno 

1988 

gjsalerno@aol.com   

A candidate needs to prepare for his/her journey to the Academy. One needs to begin working towards that goal Sophomore/Junior year in high school. To better help you prepare, here is some good information.

When West Point looks at a candidate, they assess based on Academics (60%), Leadership (30%), and Physical (10%). Based on the candidate's resume, they create a Whole Candidate Score (WCS). Here is a little further breakdown on the scores, which shows areas where a young person can make an impact. 

Academics - 60%

Standardized Testing - SAT target is 650+ for each category. ACT target is 29 per category. They will "super score" meaning they will take the best results in each category, so take the test more than once.

Class Rank - Based on the quality of the school, which they assess based on number of students attending college, the academy will score this. This can be based on the actual class standing or using the SAT/ACT percentile if the school doesn't use class ranks.

GPA - Student transcripts are not scored, but evaluated "go/no-go" based on classes taken (4 yrs math, science, etc). The academy just wants to ensure that students have the foundation courses. Though grades aren't "scored," they are reviewed and assessed.   

Leadership (30%)

Student Government - This is good; however, Class/Council President have bigger impacts to score.

Boy/Girl Scouts - If you have the potential to make Eagle/Gold Award, do it. Eagle  Scout (boys) and Gold Award (girls) counts a great deal.

Sports - Athletics participation is scored here. If one is a captain of a team, that adds to one's score.

Volunteering/Clubs - These are value added, but to a lesser extent. Quality is better than quantity.

Boys/Girls State - This is a program run by the American Legion where students go participate in a mock state government for a week. This occurs between junior-senior summer and is a value added to one's score. Definitely look into this when it is time. If you have a choice between this and SLS, choose this (think, which gives you the points?)

Physical (10%)

This is based on the Candidate Fitness Assessment only, which is described on the USMA admissions website.

Nominations and Appointments

Let's also briefly explain the two major steps, nomination and appointment, as they can be confusing.

The nomination process provides the academy the legal right to appoint a candidate to an academy. There are two major types; congressional and service connected. The congressional goes through your local congressperson, senator or vice-presidential. Each has different requirements and methodology, so you'll have to go to the local websites to determine them (your WP rep will assist with this). Service connected apply to those who served or parents who served in certain categories.

The appointment is the offer to attend an academy and completely in their purview. Just because one receives a nomination does not mean they will receive an appointment. Essentially it is based on a candidates WCS. There are some more details and variations to how this is determined, but no need for details now.    

For more information, we encourage you to visit the USMA admissions website: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Home.aspx   

  

 

USMA

Our Mission

1. To help young Texas men and women enter the United States Military Academy.

2. To help USMA graduates continue their "lifetime of service to the nation."